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ACNS3308 Submission on humanitarian consequences of war against

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Date Mon, 17 Feb 2003 15:54:03 -0000

ACNS 3308     |     ENGLAND	|     17 FEBRUARY 2003

Submission on humanitarian consequences of war against Iraq published

[Church of England] Military action against Iraq has the potential to lead
to a serious worsening of the humanitarian situation demanding more
extensive collaboration between military and humanitarian planners than was
experienced during the war in Afghanistan, according to the Church of
England's Community and Public Affairs Unit (formerly the Board for Social

In its submission, today, to the House of Commons International Development
Committee's inquiry into potential humanitarian consequences of war against
Iraq, the CPAU says, 'Sanctions and ration systems have already created huge
humanitarian problems. The initial impact of any military action is likely
to aggravate these problems.'

Christian Aid will take the lead in humanitarian efforts on behalf of its
sponsoring Churches, while the Church of England has also encouraged mission
agencies with a presence in the region to be ready to provide emergency

The submission also calls for attention to be paid to the minority Christian
Churches and their communities inside Iraq. 'Their situation could worsen
severely if they are seen by those of the majority faith to be agents of a
Western Christian assault on an Islamic people.'

The ACNSlist is published by the Anglican Communion Office, London.

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